Warner Bros. Wants LOGAN'S RUN Remake to Become Its HUNGER GAMES
Logan's Run, the iconic 1976 sci-fi film adaptation of the classic novel, is a direct precursor to all of these post-apocalyptic young adult adventures that have been all the rage since The Hunger Games came out. A remake has been in the works for at least fifteen years, and writer/producer Simon Kinberg is the latest to try to bring it to life with a new treatment. In a new interview with Collider, he spoke about how this isn't intended to only be one movie — Warner Bros. wants it to kick off a Hunger Games-style franchise:
“We are talking to directors for that movie [right now]… It definitely is [a priority for the studio]. It’s something that potentially is their Hunger Games kind of franchise that is about a younger audience for a younger audience with a big idea. And Logan’s Run, as you know, is the granddaddy of Maze Runner andHunger Games and so many of these books and movies now. So yeah, they’re seeing it as a potentially really big franchise.”
So if the studio wants a franchise, then Kinberg is already thinking about what a sequel might look like, right?
There is some thought about what the future films would be and where you could take Logan in future movies, but the focus is on ‘Make a great movie.’ It was ‘Let’s make one great movie that people fall in love with but be prepared that if they do, we could make future films and what would they look like and where would you go again with the character in the next film?’
Earlier ideas for a remake involved writers going back to the original novel for inspiration rather than concentrating on the existing film, but Kinberg says there's a lot of the original movie in his version of the story:
“There’s a lot from the original movie. I love the original movie and I think the storytelling in the original movie is pretty wonderful. The set up is great, I think there’s a lot of world creation that’s pretty awesome as well, though ultimately that’ll be the director’s domain. But yeah there’s a lot from the original film in it, and then there’s a lot of—I guess I would call it reinterpretation from the original film rather than just a whole scale recreation.”
At this point, I've been writing about this movie for so many years that I've just about lost interest, so until Kinberg can actually get a director on board and production physically gets underway, I can't really take all of this seriously. I know he has good intentions here, but most people go into making a movie with good intentions, and there are still plenty of awful movies that come out every year. Does this have a chance to be good? Sure, but we're still really far away from even being able to fathom what it might look like. Hopefully Kinberg gets the ball rolling quickly on this, so we can stop wondering and finally see how this inevitable remake turns out.
The Hunger Games franchise comes to an end this week, and Warner Bros. is always looking for new franchises to milk for all they're worth, so we'll see if a Logan's Run remake does the trick.